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Dmitry Stropalov
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Ki-78 "Ken" protoype (AZ 1/72)

November 11, 2016 · in Aviation · · 14 · 2.3K

The Kawasaki Ki-78 (Ken or Ken III or Kensan III) was a high-speed research aircraft developed to investigate laminar profile wings with high wing loadings. First prototype was build in 1941 and the project was officially terminated after the 32nd flight on 11 January 1944. The second Ki-78 was never completed.

About the model. Classic Czech short-run kit โ€“ those who have ever built AZ kits will understand ๐Ÿ™‚ Not an easy kit of course. But it's always interesting to have some unusual subject among my Spitfires and 109's. Painted with Gunze H acrylics, weathered with oils and pigments.

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14 responses

  1. Nicely finished and presented, sir...I like it.

  2. Interesting subject in deed, Dmitry. What's that intake aft of the cockpit for? Coolers?

  3. An interesting little airplane. Looking at it you can see similarities with a number of different aircraft. Nice build !

  4. Cracking build. Love the subject - unusual back story and packed with great historical detail.

  5. Very nice! I especially like the unusual subjects (and of course - it's in my scale - so I gotta love that!). Nice finish and outcome on a short-run kit.

  6. ๐Ÿ™‚ ... Greetings ... ๐Ÿ™‚ :
    Very eye catching subject Dmitry. At first glance, it sure looks to be in another scale other than 1/72. Very nice job, the weathering is very well done, good photography as well.

  7. Unknown to me until now and a beauty !
    incredible build, Dimitry !

  8. Very cool build. I didn't know this plane existed and really like one off builds. Slap a nose wheel on it and it would look like a Messerschmitt 309.

  9. Wow, that looks great!

  10. Exotic Kit

  11. Very nice and very small as well. Good job.

  12. Yes, that is AZ, great subjects and always problematic fit of the parts. But...exotic
    You done marvelous job with this small plane. Looks exceptional.

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